Research Assistant Professor in Solar/Stellar Data Analysis

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University (GSU) is seeking to fill a position by Fall 2018 at the assistant research professor level. The new hire will have a proven record in analyzing large amounts of solar and/or stellar data using modern methods of data analytics, and will help build an astroinformatics cluster on "The Solar/Stellar Connection" in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science and the Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy at GSU. This position is part of a GSU Next Generation Faculty Program that will include a number of tenure-track and research faculty as well as postdoctoral hires in the above departments to work closely with current faculty, including recent senior faculty hires (Dr. Angryk, Dr. Martens, and Dr. Jefferies), and junior faculty hires (Dr. Pratt, Dr. Pimentel-Alarcon, and Dr. Banda) in the areas of solar and stellar physics, space weather, and big data mining.

This position is fully supported by the university for 3 years, with an additional 2 years of university support at the 50% level possible if external funding is secured for the remaining salary. Research faculty with outstanding accomplishments may qualify for tenure-track faculty positions in the future. Applicants should have the following basic qualifications: 1) Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or closely related field, 2) postdoctoral research experience, 3) evidence of the ability to establish and maintain a successful research program, and 4) evidence of the ability to work in a large, collaborative effort. Applications should include 1) a CV, including a publication list, 2) a statement of the candidate's research interests and how the research fits into the above program, and 3) contact information for at least three references. All materials should be sent via email to Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Piet Martens at

Applications received by December 1, 2017, will receive full consideration. An offer of employment will be conditional on background verification. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


Open PhD positions at GAIN!!

The newly formed Georgia AstroInformatics Nexus (GAIN) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) invites applications for its PhD program from motivated students of any nationality.

Participate in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research while living in the vibrant city of Atlanta. The Georgia AstroInformatics Nexus includes Professors Petrus Martens, Stuart Jefferies, Rafal Angryk, Daniel Pimentel Alarcon, Shihao Ji, Juan Banda, and Jane Pratt. We study space plasma physics, solar/stellar physics, and space weather.

New PhD projects will focus on one of several areas: (1) Developing cutting-edge data analytics methods to predict solar flares and eruptions. (2) Predicting space weather and space climate. (3) Modeling solar-like and non-solar stars using magnetohydrodynamic simulations. (4) Producing, understanding, and interpreting new helioseismology and astroseismology data.

We seek highly motivated, qualified candidates with initial degrees in Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, or Computer Science. Experience in programming with MPI-Fortran, Python, or other high-level languages, and knowledge of numerical methods is desirable. Doctoral degrees in Physics, Astronomy, or Computer Science are available. These PhD projects will use new computer systems at Georgia State University, national and international supercomputers, and data from world-class telescopes.

Successful candidates will have a good working knowledge of English. Living costs will be covered by stipend, and tuition fees will be provided. PhD students may also access research funds to cover travel and other research expenses (e.g. conferences, observing missions, etc.). For further information please contact: Dr. Jane Pratt, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, e-mail: